Back in 1991, I had the great fortune of taking a trip of a lifetime to Kenya. This experience lives on in my memory, all these years later, as the best travel adventure I’ve ever been on. I was overcome with nostalgia as I was going through my photos, deciding which to scan for this post.
Along with my week’s stay on the Indian Ocean south of Mombasa, and a week spent on safari, my trip to Kenya also included a visit to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) just outside of Nairobi.
I had been made aware of this wildlife orphanage before my trip and I knew that I must include it as a stop during my visit. And, it didn’t disappoint.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust provides much needed services for animals that would otherwise not have a chance of surviving. While animals become orphans for many reasons, poaching for ivory and rhino horns is the predominant cause; anti-poaching initiatives are among the work undertaken by this non-profit organization.
Today, in addition to the orphanage, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust consists of three rehabilitation centres where elephants can remain for up to ten years before being introduced back to the wild, nine anti-poaching units, an orphan search and rescue aerial surveillance unit which also provides veterinary intervention for animals in need, and four mobile vet units. Additionally, DSWT supports the Kenya Wildlife Service and its many initiatives, including Sky Vets.
Foster an Orphan for Christmas
I’m keeping this post short because I would love it if you spent some time perusing the orphans that are in need of our assistance in The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Foster an Orphan for Christmas program. Personally, I’m fostering this little elephant called Embu this Christmas. Orphans are named after the region in which they are found and Embu has special meaning for me since I travelled there to visit my foster child and her family while I was in Kenya. But, that’s for another post so check back!
I invite you to follow The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust on Facebook as well.